The New Ulm District 88 School Board has chosen GFW Superintendent Jeff Bertrang to be the district’s next superintendent. The decision came after a series of interviews and “Community Forums” with Bertrang and the other superintendent finalist, Houston Superintendent Jean Broadwater. Current District 88 Superintendent Harold Remme is retiring after the current school year after 16 years with the district. Tuesday night the school board unanimously voted to begin contract negotiations with Bertrang. He will be offered a 3-year contract, with a starting salary of $125,000, with annual raises of $1,250 the next 2 years, a 1% increase. District 88 currently has the lowest-paid superintendent in the South Central Conference, with Remme opting for pay freezes in recent years as a cost-cutting measure. Bertrang’s contract would reportedly offer fewer fringe benefits than Remme’s, however. He still has 1 year on his contract with GFW, so that district’s school board must agree to release him. A total of 15 candidates had applied for the District 88 superintendent position.